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January 31, 2017 | Ian Martorana (202-225-3031) | comments

Make no mistake: Obamacare is failing. We’ve heard all about the broken promises, increased costs, and decreased choices; the evidence is overwhelming.

You don’t have to look far to see evidence of Obamacare’s failures: Wisconsinites’ premiums are increasing by an average of 16% this year, with deductibles increasing too. Overall, the two largest health insurance companies will be leaving Wisconsin’s individual health care marketplace, with the third largest pulling out of Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties, and will substantially reduce plans available in other counties across Wisconsin.

Republicans have proposed repealing and replacing Obamacare, while allowing a stable and realistic transition period. Paul has said just that: “However long [the] transition’s going to take, we`re going to make sure that the rug doesn`t get pulled out from under people—and that`s something we want to make very clear.”

Obamacare is failing. Rather than defend the law’s merits, its supporters have turned to cheap scare tactics. They say Republicans want to make America sick again or take away someone’s health care. This is nonsense.

In reality, the plan included in A Better Way, the Republican agenda, would allow give people more choices, lower costs, and greater control over their coverage. What’s more, dependents up to the age of 26 to stay on their parents’ plan and ensure those with pre-existing conditions are not denied coverage because of their health status.

Replacement of Obamacare should be a Committee-driven process, so members—and their constituents—have input. And that’s just what’s happening: Later this week, the Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on legislation to codify protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

We don’t have to accept the status quo. People deserve more patient-centered care, not more bureaucracy. Wisconsinites deserve freedom and the flexibility to choose the care that’s best for them.

At every step, the patient should be in the driver’s seat. There is a better way.

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